• William T. Howe Ph.D.

March 14, 2021

Daily Reading: Joshua 12-15

Joshua 14:8

Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God.

Caleb's Kin. When I was a young man, I noticed that the Senior Saint Sunday School class was named "Caleb's Kin." I didn't know the story, so I asked one of the men in the class what it meant. I don't remember exactly what he told me, but it must have made an impact, for it seems that every time I read Joshua I pay special attention to Caleb.

He was one of the twelve spies Moses sent to search out the Promise Land. Of the twelve, only he and Joshua brought back a good report. The other ten brought Israel an evil report. In actuality, the substance of their report was the same, it was a good land, a bountiful land, yet it was well fortified, and the men of the land seemed to be giants. The difference in the report was a difference of faith. The ten said that they could never take the land, Caleb and Joshua believed that God would give them the victory if they would only obey Him. The evil report of the ten displeased the Lord and disheartened the people to the point that God decided that no one over twenty would enter into the Promise Land. For forty years (one year per day of the spies’ expedition) Israel would wander in the wilderness.

But God said that Caleb and Joshua would enter into the Promise Land and dwell there because they had believed that God would give the victory. Now, after forty years Caleb asked Joshua to give him his rightful inheritance saying: Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said. (Joshua 14:12) Joshua did give him that mountain and Caleb did dwell there.

The lesson of the story is to live by faith even if and when no one else is. No doubt Caleb paid the price for his faith as anyone who dares to go against the mob mentality will. And no doubt for forty years Caleb must have thought, "What a waste, we could be in the Promise Land right now, why didn't they listen to me?" After all, think about how it is when you miss an exit on the interstate and you must continue on to the next one to turn around all the time thinking, "What a waste of time." Right! But at last, at 85 years old Caleb took possession of that mountain.

Someone once said, "You and God make a majority." This is proven in and through the life of Caleb. What a personal testimony to have in one's old age, but I wholly followed the LORD my God.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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